Lack of Sleep Triggers Stroke Risks
Previously, it was mentioned that sleep deprivation could trigger diabetes.
A recent study mentions that those, especially who are middle-aged, with irregular sleeping hours or less, significantly increases the risk of stroke, as reported by Health Day.
Fourfold increase in stroke was seen on those have normal weight, and rarely have trouble sleeping. Only, they sleep less than six hours a day.
Whereas in those classified as obese, they came second against these risks, as reported by ivillage.
“Sleep is very important,” said Megan Ruiter, head of the research at the University of Alabama and Birmingham’s School of Medicine. It was proven that lack of sleep also increases the abnormal disorder in the body system, like inflammation and also increase blood pressure and release of hormones that leads to greater stress. This is what triggers the stroke.
In the research conducted over the past three years, Ruiter and her team collected data from 5,600 respondents. They found no association between obesity and stroke, while on the contrary, stroke becomes more threatening in people with normal body weight who experience sleep deprivation.
Dr. Michael Frankel, director of vascular neurology at Emory University and also director of the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center at Grady Hospital, Atlanta, commented that “Although it is difficult to determine why this might happen, one can speculate about the possible mechanisms related to changes in cortisol levels. stress hormone that is likely to increase when a person does not have a proper sleep time “.
Increased levels of this hormone triggers cell dysfunction that protect blood vessels, so that stroke is more easily approached, he explained. This is why people without vascular disorders such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes are also susceptible to stroke.
“For those of us who work late, it may be necessary to consider these new findings, and adjust to a healthier lifestyle to reduce the risk of stroke,” says Frankel.
Routine checks of blood pressure, eating low-calorie meals, a balanced diet, exercise, quitting smoking, and having regular sleep, is the suggestion of Frankel to maintain healthy blood vessels.
Another expert, Dr. Keith Siller, medical director of the NYU Comprehensive Stroke Care Center in New York City, agreed that sleep is an important factor for health. “I see this as a general message that adequate sleep is also part of a healthy life,” he said.
Besides lack of sleep, it was also known that sleep apnea could trigger stroke.
The study is scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston. Previously, it was also known that lack of sleep could trigger heart disease.